[STATEMENT] My drawings involve environmental depictions of an other-world. These environments fluctuate in a space caught within the tensions of a preceding and ensuing state of struggle, where industrial overthrow and urbanization are challenged by resilience of the natural world. My work has been predominantly influenced by medieval european mythology, folk lore, Arthurian legend, biblical stories as remembered from childhood, illuminated manuscripts, vintage cartoons and graffiti. The drawings become a type of mapping or a form of fragmented landscape. I have developed my own elaborate fictional world, which is used to generate forms and symbols that collectively convey internal space visually. Daydreaming has become a significant part of my work, for it taps into my unconscious and allows me to create from an enigmatic place. While part of this inner geography, I am simultaneously connected and disconnected with the world around me. It will always be a goal of mine to comment and reflect upon the times in which we live as well as transcend them in order to arrive at a place where one is given the chance to dream of something better. Joy Whalen o8
Artist Bio / CV
JOY WHALEN (b. 1983, homeland: Chicago, IL.) Artist Joy Whalen’s video work depicts actions that are intrinsically odd, combining the physically strenuous and meditative, the painful and subversive, the humorous and tragic. They are based on the engagement of childlike and/or immediate impulses, entertaining notions of playful absurdities that otherwise have a tendency to be repressed. Such performances are enacted on her own without the presence of an audience, filmed and later exhibited as video pieces. Whalen’s work currently involves a combination of multi media drawing, performance video and installation that investigates the elusive expanse of space found within solitude, and how our forms relate to isolated environments. Whalen has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Chicago and New York. She had her first major solo show, What They Found, at Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, in May 2007, and recently received the Brooklyn Arts Council DAC Re-grant Award. She manages a photography studio in New York.